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  1. Recent DNROI Letter (Front Line)

    Nicely stated. I applaud you standing up and defending your position, as well as defending your CROs/ROs.
  2. Recent DNROI Letter (Front Line)

    Thomas - I understand and don't disagree with your point. My feedback is that the RO should be focused on the shooter, not worrying about where another shooter may be in the course of fire. While I agree this is up to the discretion of the RO, my personal point-of-view is that other shooters should generally be out of the COF because we never know what a shooter may do. They may immediately change their direction of travel to make up a shot or who knows what else. On more than one occasion (and becoming more frequent) when I'm the RO not on the timer, I am having to stop competitors who are videoing from going down range while the shooter is actively engaging targets. The videographer is head down in their phone videoing the shooter and may lose situational awareness and get too far down range. All I want is a safe and fair stage, safe competitors, and safe spectators. Everything else is extra. With our sport, safety can absolutely not be compromised.
  3. Recent DNROI Letter (Front Line)

    I absolutely agree. I too have inadvertently taped a target early and I felt awful about it - it was 100% a mistake. There is a difference between a mistake and cheating, and we all know it! And any of us who have been in this sport for some time have seen both. You can generally tell the difference (but not always) by the reaction of the person who taped early. With regard to videoing in a COF, I am very much against it and generally won't permit it on the stages I run as a CRO. If the powers that be say I must allow competitors to have free reign to walk around a course of fire to video their buddies, I will no longer volunteer as a CRO/RO. I will be like the majority of shooters and just come and shoot then leave the range, leaving all the work to others. SAFETY is the #1 responsibility of the CRO/ROs working a match. If leadership thinks that bending to the wishes of a few people, thus jeopardizing the safety of our competitors, CROs/ROs, and spectators is the right thing to do, I won't be any part of it. This sport will only survive because of its volunteers. If we alienate those volunteers, the sport will lose the life-blood that keeps it going. How many matches at any level would happen without volunteers?
  4. Recent DNROI Letter (Front Line)

    I find two things interesting in that note. 1) Not necessarily banning competitors from entering the course of fire to video fellow shooters during the course of fire. This is a safety issue. Most times, if not all, the only people who should be within the fault lines during a course of fire are the shooter and the ROs. Any other competitors who are videoing can cause a safety issue. In addition, it's one more distraction an RO may have to deal with. Further, videoing shooters inside the fault lines during a course of fire is not a right or an entitlement. It's the ROs primary responsibility to run the shooter in a safe manner. If the RO believes that keeping others out of the the course while someone is shooting is absolutely a reasonable approach to maintaining a safe course of fire. 2). Arbitration - the rule book is clear that the arbitration committee "may" interview witnesses. If those who have the power to change the rules within our sport believe this should be required or a "must" do, then change the rule book accordingly. Telling people that the rules say one thing, but that you should do another is not consistent with the way we approach our rules. I don't disagree that this would be a best practice; however, under the current rules, if an arb-committee elects to interview some or none of the witnesses, the rules state that is within their prerogative. Just my $.02.
  5. Where is the "Make Ready Location"

    To me this seems clear. The competitor should be in the start position prior to the RO issuing the Make Ready command. Once the command is given, they may take one step. However, being reasonable, if a competitor requests to take more than one step and is under the direction of the RO, I see no issue. In addition, it must be consistent throughout the match. Each shooter should have the same opportunity. If a shooter disregards a non-approval from the RO for additional steps, they would be subject to at a minimum of a procedural under 10.2.2 or potentially a DQ under 10.6.1
  6. Hello from Southern Ohio

    Many will say grab your gear and go shoot. I would like to provide an alternative point-of-view, which worked very well for me. Find a match or two that aligns with your schedule. Go to the match(es) and observe before shooting. Much lower stress than shooting right off the bat. You'll meet some amazing people. Folks that are very friendly and helpful. You will learn the basic rules, the range commands, the cadence for how a match goes, all in an environment where you don't have to concern yourself with shooting. Then, use what ya got for a few matches. You'll experience the competition, how your gear works in a match, what you need to work on, etc. After that, you'll be hooked for life!
  7. Everyone shooting the same number of stages in the same number of days equals the playing field so that each competitor has the same experience. Endurance is part of our sport, especially when shooting major matches. Otherwise, maybe we should maybe shoot it over 4 days (3 stages per day). I like the same format for all shooters. If 1/2 day format is used, it should apply to all shooters, not only a subset.
  8. "Range Is Clear"

    This should be mandatory watching for all ROs.
  9. Rules

    So how exactly does one choose which rules to follow 100% and which rules really aren't that big of a deal? As stated earlier, either follow the rules 100% or don't call your match a USPSA match. All competitors should expect to know exactly what the rules are, even if it is a shooter's first time at a particular local match. When local matches aren't conducted completely within the rules, you are doing your competitors a significant dis-service. I have been asked before at major matches "are you only doing that (i.e., enforcing a rule) because this is a major. My local range doesn't do that." That is very unfortunate. I have seen competitors DQ'd and respond that isn't how the rule is enforced at their local range. We owe it to all competitors to run USPSA matches the same. For example, what if some local matches choose to set up Classifiers "a little" different to aid their local shooters? Who gets do decide which are important rules to follow? Back to your regularly scheduled programming...
  10. Sarge - I don't believe the link to the website is working properly
  11. Range bag decision

    +1 DAA medium bag
  12. 5.2.4 does not say they must be used, but rather that they cannot be "removed from the apparel pockets..." Thus, simply removing from the apparel pocket between the buzzer and "if clear, hammer down, holster" should bump the person to open according to a strict reading of the actual words of the rule. Further, that isn't the actual end of the COF, which is designated by "range is clear."
  13. Question about first match

    You might consider going to the Area match as a spectator. Observing a large match is a great way to learn.
  14. 15 round magazines in Production

    Holy old topic Batman! This was from 2010...